Beavercreek resident, Brent Devitt will be hitting the street and bike path once for the second year for the good of nature. His 250 mile adventure on his recumbent trike will begin in Beavercreek on April 14 and end April 18. During his ride through Southwest Ohio, from the lowest point in Ohio on the Ohio River to the highest point in Bellefontaine, he will be raising awareness and support for native tree reforestation in response to the loss of millions of ash trees to the Emerald Ash Borer. His trecycling adventure is scheduled to begin on April 19 and he’ll be following the Little Miami Trail and Simon Kenton Trail.
“I’ve been riding a bike and a trecycle for the last six years and I’m really enjoying it. I also joined the Trail Sentinels at Xenia Station, which really helps,” Devitt said. “Since joining their group, I’ve been looking for different adventures, new places to ride, and new trails to explore.”
Devitt’s inspiration for this trip was derived from meeting UK’s world traveler and adventurer, David Cornthwaite, who was a presenter during two years ago during the Adventure Summit at Wright State University. The event featured outdoor activities and adventures, such as hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, tight ropes, camping, etc. Cornthwaite was in the lobby selling copies of his latest book when Devitt approached him. Cornthwaite explained that his inspiration came from a skateboarding trip he took while in Australia years ago. Since then, he’s kayaked, rode a tandem bike, swam the Missouri River, stand-up paddle boarding and rode a whik (a bike with a sail), as well as others. Cornthwaite told Devitt of his travels and desire to consult and help 200 other adventurers with raising funds through their own adventures to help replenish a million trees throughout the United States. With the advice of Cornthwaite, Devitt began his our exhibition and continues.
“This year, I plan to raise at least $4 per mile, a total of $1,000 or roughly $250 per day to support the planting of 50 trees (10 x six foot, 3 gallon trees per day) in cities and locations along the trail,” said Devitt. “I plan to partner with cities looking to fulfill their “tree city” commitment of planting trees each spring. I’ll be asking local communities to match the funds I’ll provide for purchasing and planting native trees from native plant nurseries in Ohio.”
Last year, Devitt followed the 333 mile Ohio to Erie Trail and supported the planting of 56 native trees and shrubs in city, metro, county, state and national parks along the route.
“I’ll be travelling about 10 miles per hour, around 65 miles per day. At that rate, there may be some time each day to participate in tree plantings and speak with any groups who would like to hear about the adventure. Weather permitting, I’ll camp in parks or lodge in warmshowers.org host homes, hostels, bed and breakfasts or hotels along the way,” said Devitt.
Devitt hopes his adventure and dedication to replant trees, inspires others to take their own adventure. A person is never too old to enjoy the wonders of the world in the manner they please. From hiking, boating, biking, canoeing or whatever, many adventures are available in Ohio. If you’re interested in speaking with Brent Devitt, please follow him on Facebook or visit his website.